commonguyBald Class: Email Me Saw a recent news report, June 2008, where a surgeon was able to help build a hairline for a young female with burns on her head from an accident. I made an appointment with the clinic from the news report and another clinic - Shapiro Medical Group(SMG). I was able to get a consult with Shapiro first and had a good consult with Matt. I was thouroughly impressed with what I heard and saw, and with an availablilty of a surgery date the next week, compared with a 3-4 month wait, I jumped on the chance. Although, I would normally do more intensive research, I was comfortable with what I saw, heard, and read about the doctors at Shapiro.My surgery was performed on July 8, 2008. These are the graft/hair results from the donor area provided by Dr. Paul. He wanted me to mention my tight donor area and so he was not able to get as wide a donor area but it was a lot more than what we had discussed in the consult.
Of the 1.2 cm wide strip I took out 18cm in length
Of the 1.0 cm wide strip I took out 15 cm in length.
1 Hair FU’s
2 Hair FU’s
3 Hair FU’s
4 Hair FU’s
Used Propecia with good results back in late 90's - mistake was to stop using it so early in hair loss. I tried Scalp Med solution this past year for several months with no real good results - will stop using that after having HT surgery and start with Rogaine. I would recommend anyone starting to thin to get on fin.
My Hair Loss StoryI first started to notice the thining of my hair in my early 20's, maybe about 21. People would comment about me getting "thin" on top and one comment I remember was someone thought I looked 10 years older - maybe that was because I just looked older with the way my facial hair grows out. Initially, I was not bothered by the comments because I still looked the same.
My thinning was not much of a problem, probably because it was more localized in the crown area, until I was around 24 or 25. I could visible tell the front half was thinning. I started to do a lottle research and heard of a drug called Propecia. I started taking Propecia around '97-'98 and had great results. My thining hair grew in thicker and my hair seemed to have a fuller appearance and the crown area still looked good. (I will try to post some pictures that show the progression of the hair loss). I took Propecia for around a year a then stopped for what reason I don't remember.
I started to notice hair loss/thining and so I tried Propecia a second time. I must not have been patient enough and so stopped after 4-6 months of use. I got married in 2001 and had several kids. I really started to notice hair loss around 2003 and it really took off til present day.
What hair loss treatments have worked best for me?
Propecia worked very well and I would recommened that path for any younger men who notice a thining of their hair. One pill in the morning is such an easy thing to do.
Am I happy with my hair transplant experience and the results?
I am just under one week post-op and I can tell a great difference in how I look. Although, the first session on;y treated the front 1/3 of my scalp I am going to wait a year using propecia to see how the grafts grow in and how the crown looks. I may decide to do another session to concentrate on the crown, add density, or lower hair line.